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tax. there have been few promotions. discontent among the ranks is growing. some of their leaders are putting a brave face on it. >> of course we have had cuts. but the naval infantry's task is to face difficult missions, so we will manage this situation as well. >> portugal's military has long been an important part of the country's history. on april 25, 1974, this song was played on the radio. it was the signal for the army to occupy lisbon, and the largely peaceful uprising marked the end of nearly 15 years of dictatorship. in all their joy, portuguese people pressed red carnations into the hands of soldiers. this lieutenant colonel played an active role in the carnation revolution. today, he is chairman of the 25 of april association, a group that aims to defend the legacy of the peaceful coup of 1974. he says the military brought democracy to portugal then, but the crisis has put it all in jeopardy. >> i regret what is currently happening. we have achieved a fair society, and now that is being destroyed. we are reverting to a society of great inequality -- the poor get poorer
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